Vintage Volkswagen — The People’s Car

Tom

Tom’s article (below) speaks to why I believe 1967beetle.com has a been a successful effort. These cars have such a rich, emotional connection in people’s lives. Kudos to everyone that’s keeping these old gems on the road today.

The people’s car is really about the people, and we had a grand assemblage of people over at my house for a “body-on” party. The ’67 Beetle that my daughter, Becca, and I are restoring, named “Bucky,” was finally going to get its body put back onto its chassis. I know, it’s about a 5-minute exercise, but it seemed a good reason to have a party. The evening got off on the right foot as Tony Mace, owner of Beetle Power in Pleasanton, showed up in his black Baja Bug.

Tony Mace Baja Bug

Then Joe Blackman, owner of Castro Valley Autohaus, and my buddy Matt Brown came driving up in Joe’s beautifully restored 1962 VW Beetle, both of them styling with the top down and arms resting on the doors as the sun sunk over the horizon.

Joe Blackman VW Beetle with Family

We had Italian antipasta and drinks in the garage and everyone was getting acquainted, or re-acquainted. Joe hadn’t seen Tony since the 1980’s when Tony was a young racer and mechanic working at his dad’s shop in Hayward. Joe and Tony are at opposite ends of the VW spectrum. Joe is refined and showroom detailed, and Tony is more effusive and horsepower-driven. They are both extremely knowledgeable about Volkswagen history, and both as honest as the day is long. Tony re-built Bucky’s engine from the ground up, and it’s a masterpiece.

Ignatios Doukakis’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Ignatios Doukakis's L282 Lotus White '67 Beetle
They say a photo is worth a thousand words. In this case, it might be the most photos of a single submission in the history of 1967beetle.com. Ignatios Doukakis of Greece shares his very special ’67 Beetle restoration story with the world. The ’67 Beetle community is very happy to have you here. (Edited by Jay Salser)

I have loved Beetles since I was a student at Northeastern University, and I always had wanted to buy one. When I returned to Greece, I found a 1950 Karmann Beetle Convertible and began restoring it. Following that car, I had a succession of Volkswagens: a 1963, then a 1971, a 1968 and then a 1969, which became my daily driver.

Finally, I found a 1967!

The car had been owned from new by a doctor. He sold it to me because he could not drive it anymore. Even though I have two other Beetles, the 1950 Convertible and the 1969, the 1967 model was a car that I always had wanted. I started rebuilding it in January, 2013, and completed it in October, 2014.

Τhe engine is the original 1300cc and I only had it serviced. The painting was done by a friend. The upholstery and carpets were replaced, the electrics refreshed and the wheels painted. This is the 1967 that I always have wanted! All that remains is to keep my promise to take the former owner for a ride in my new car! I am very happy that I now own these three cars.

I want to thank my wife and my son for their patience during all of the hours away from them while I was restoring the Beetle.

Vintage Volkswagen Windshield Washer System

FOR SALE: '67 Beetle Washer Bottle Reservoir Decal
One of the features which the Volkswagen Beetle has retained since 1962 is the windshield washer system. Though it has varied in some details, it has remained a pressure operated system. The fluid bottle was to be filled with clear water or a windshield washing fluid which could consist of an anti-freezing-cleaning solution for winter months or for colder climate zones.

This bottle was also marked with either a yellow or red decal. Both are correct. It just depended on what the factory had on hand.

Pressure in 1961 was generated by a diaphragm—the switch was pulled to activate a diaphragm which pulled water from the unpressurized fluid bottle and pushed it through the washer nozzles onto the windshield.

For 1962, the bottle was changed so that it could be filled with liquid, the cap screwed shut and the bottle pressurized by use of a tire pump or some other source of compressed air. The washer hose, of course, changed to accept this pressure. The hose was routed around the gas tank to the passenger’s side and then to the washer switch. The bottle cap (in the Owner’s Manual illustration) was white and knurled.

Helphos was a major manufacturer of the washer bottle (perhaps the sole manufacturer). In the photo below, Logo and other identifying information has been highlighted in black for illustrative purposes only.

Old & New — L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

L633 VW Blue '67 Beetle
Submitted by a reader of 1967beetle.com, (photographer unknown) noting makes me happier than seeing a freshly restored L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle. Errr, but wait.. Am I seeing this correctly? Only half the car has been brought back to its former glory.

This appears to be a CA VW show, so the car is most likely used as a capabilities showcase piece. (WCM?) Again, I do love the fresh paint. However, at the same time I have to look at the original patina and wonder about its past. Where did the car go? What things did it see. Patina has a way of capturing time. Which do you like better?

L633 VW Blue '67 Beetle

Jim Lafflam’s ’67 Beetle

Jim Lafflam's ’67 Beetle

Originally posted in or forum, it’s stories like these that make me smile. Again, we’re connecting ’67 Beetle owners around the world, one at a time. I’m very honored that 1967beetle.com has grown so much.

In 1986, when I was a senior in high school, I bought the first car I ever bought with my own money. It was a 1967 Beetle, and cost me $800.

When I joined the navy three years later, I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain it properly, so I sold it to my dad (really cheap). After fixing it up a bit, he and my mom towed it behind their motor home until he eventually got tired of dealing with the tow dolly. But they still continued to use it as a half-year daily-driver right up until last month… when I bought it back!

Winter will be here soon. At the first sign of ice, snow and salt, the poor thing will have to stay cooped up in the garage until spring.

But until then, we’ll be getting… reacquainted.

Thanks, Jim, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.